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    SAPOA announces Property Journalist Awards

    The SAPOA (South African Property Owners Association) Property Journalism Awards, announced at the 44th annual SAPOA Convention and Property Exhibition in Durban, has awarded four prizes this year, adding an online award.
    Athalea Minnaar (Hermans & Roman Property Solutions) and Ortneil Kutama
    Athalea Minnaar (Hermans & Roman Property Solutions) and Ortneil Kutama

    This year's winners are Elma Kloppers of Sake 24 Beeld, Property News Journalist of the year; Monique Terrazas of Real Estate Investor Magazine, Property Features Writer category; SA Commercial Prop News, Best Online Property News and Shopping South Africa, Best Printed Property Publication.

    Sponsored by Hermans & Roman Property Solutions, the awards identify South African property journalists and media making a significant contribution to news coverage of commercial property.

    "The competition was fierce, the quality of entries exceptional and it was a close call in every category," says SAPOA CEO, Neil Gopal. "In fact, entries were of such a high standard, the judges included a special mention in each group."

    Judges

    The winners were selected by a multi-disciplinary panel of independent judges. The panel for 2012 included Athalea Minnaar of Hermans & Roman Property Solutions, Mpumi Madisa of Prestige Cleaning and chairperson for SAPOA marketing committee, Brian Azizollahoff of Capstone Property Group and chairman of the SAPOA Property Journalism Awards, Mike Rodel of Rebosis Property Fund and Izak Petersen of Dipula Income Fund.

    Special mentions

    • Online Property News award - special mention to Moneyweb
    • Property News Journalist - Micel Schnehage from Moneyweb received a special mention for her entry in this category
    • Property Features Writer - special mention to Joan Muller of Financial Mail for her unswervingly informative, comprehensive articles and valuable in-depth analysis of listed property
    • Best Printed Property Publication - special mention to The Property Magazine

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